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A year in the life of the Warhammer Online fan server

A little over a year ago, I wrote about the untimely death of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, and the long road to resurrecting it. Since then the fan-run project preserving the defunct MMO, called Return of Reckoning, has continued apace. “This last year we have been working on new features and trying to balance improving stability and capacity of our server,” say the Return of Reckoning team (they asked to not be referred to by their individual names as “we work as one team for this game”).Recently, they boosted their peak capacity from “just over 1,000 concurrent players to…

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Microsoft teases Doom Eternal coming to Xbox Game Pass with a double-hidden message

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media promises to be a game-changer in a number of ways, not least for owners of the Xbox Game Pass. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has already confirmed that Bethesda’s “iconic franchises,” including the big new stuff we’re waiting for like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, will be added to Game Pass, and now it looks like Doom Eternal is headed there as well.Word of the big shooter addition came the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, which tweeted a faux internal memo from “Melissa McGamepass.””Listen up everybody! Out of all the months this year, this has…

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This Lego-compatible RTX 3090 is perfect for ingenious PC builders

If you’re totally retro, but are still looking to jump on the RTX bandwagon after the recent 30-series launch, look no further than the Galax RTX 3090 GAMER graphics card. There are already a host of RTX 3090 designs floating around from third-party manufacturers, but this soon to be released Lego one, spotted on expreview (via tomshardware) really confuses me.With this triple slot, triple fan play-thing, you’ll be looking at a 1,410MHz base clock, capable of accelerating up to 1,695MHz. The 24GB of GDDR6X memory speeds along at 19.5Gbps. Outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and an HDMI 2.1 port,…

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The best PC controller in 2020

Ignore the PC gaming purists, the best PC controller doesn’t always have to mean just the mouse and keyboard combo. There are a lot of games—such as Control, Shovel Knight, and Forza Horizon—which feel better when played with a controller as opposed to a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard. They’re also useful in the likes of GTA 5 when you jump into a jet or helicopter. Not to mention a controller will give you the freedom to escape to your couch for a more relaxing overall gaming experience.Basically, while we’ll always come down on the side of a good mouse…

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Hasbro are planning a new version of the HeroQuest board game

The HeroQuest board game, a collaboration between Milton Bradley and Games Workshop published in 1989, has been out of print for years. One potential reason was the US trademark being taken up by tabletop RPG company Moon Design Publications—which is ironic, since Sierra had to change the name of their game Hero’s Quest to Quest for Glory when the digital version of the board game was trademarked in 1991. Anyway, Moon Design have given the trademark to Hasbro, owners of Milton Bradley, who are now crowdfunding a new version of the board game for North American release.Hasbro is seeking $US1…

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It looks like the first two Metal Gear Solid games are coming to PC

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Konami has gotten around to addressing the long absence of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 on PC. According to new ratings on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee website (via Gematsu), the original MSX game Metal Gear is on its way, as are Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance.It won’t mark the first time Metal Gear Solid and its sequel have been playable on PC. Both released in the early 2000s, but have become virtually unplayable thanks to their absences on digital storefronts. As…

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Far Cry 6: everything we know about Ubisoft’s next open world FPS

Far Cry’s going off the map and back into fictional territory. Far Cry 6 leaves behind Far Cry 5’s Montana and heads for a Caribbean vacation in the fictional country of Yara, where things are, unsurprisingly, a bit chaotic. Ubisoft’s next shooter is set amidst the riots trying to oust evil dictator El Presidente from power. And it’s out surprisingly soon, early next year.Here’s what we know about Far Cry 6 so far, including what’s new for the shooter series and its potential ties to Far Cry 3.What is Far Cry 6’s release date?Far Cry 6 will release on February…

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Microsoft isn’t done buying game studios, CEO Satya Nadella says

Microsoft made very big waves yesterday when it announced to the world that it had acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, id Software, Arkane, and MachineGames, among others. The deal cost an eye-watering $7.5 billion—nearly two LucasFilms—and very suddenly gave the company ownership of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Wayne Gretzky Hockey, Prey, Quake, and more, collectively representing a massive leg up for the Xbox console in its never-ending struggle for dominance with Sony’s PlayStation.Despite the huge amount of money involved, and the fact that Microsoft has in relatively short order assembled a very impressive stable…

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5 big questions about Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda

Microsoft now owns The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and more. That $7.5 billion purchase is wild on its own, but it comes after a string of other huge Microsoft acquisitions: Obsidian, Mojang, Double Fine, InXile, Ninja Theory. Suddenly, Microsoft is a PC game development giant made up of 23 studios. What will Microsoft gaming head Phil Spencer do with so many studios? Erect a virtual monument to himself? Create the best possible version of FreeCell? Or will he leave them to their own devices? We have a lot of questions, but here are the biggest:1. Will Microsoft’s studios stick…

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Here’s the latest on RTX 3080 stock, according to retailers and manufacturers

If you didn’t manage to snag yourself an Nvidia RTX 3080 on release day, you may be wondering when your next best chance to pick up this highly sought-after card will be. As it stands today, we’ve got good news and bad news for all you prospective Ampere patrons. The bad news is that the RTX 3080 remains tough to find in stock—the good news is that most retailers have promised the situation will improve with each passing week.We’ll update this article as and when companies, such as EVGA, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Palit, Zotac, etc., announce any updates regarding when they…

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Multi-GPU technology is not quite dead but Nvidia is close to pulling the trigger

It feels like a million years since SLI was relevant, and even during its heyday, the prospect of running multiple graphics cards to boost performance in games had some serious downsides. Like cost, stuttering, and the fact that performance was not consistent across all games. None of it matters now, because SLI has been put on life support. Starting January 1, 2020, Nvidia will stop adding new SLI profiles to its GeForce driver packages.Technically, SLI is not dead, but if this was an episode of The Walking Dead, it would be the one where it gets bit by a silicon-eating…

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xCloud is coming to Australia in 2021

Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service will launch in Australia as soon as “early 2021”, Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed. The service, which is currently available as part of an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, launched in North America, Europe and South Korea last week.Spencer confirmed the news with YouTuber Skill Up on Twitter. In answer to queries about the Australian roll-out, Spencer replied “should be in early 2021, we are doing internal testing with our local Australia teams now.”Here’s the exchange:Yes you can. Should be in early 2021, we are doing internal testing with our local Australia teams now….

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Best SSD for gaming in 2020

If you’re not planning on dropping the best SSD for gaming into your next PC build then you seriously need to rethink your priorities.  At one point a small SSD boot drive was a luxury, now it’s a necessity to ensure you get to playing your games as fast as possible. And, with the way games are going, the best SSD for gaming is an increasingly crucial part of any gaming PC build from now on. Game installs are growing—case in point: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at over 200GB—but you needn’t settle for slower HDD storage just to make it…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War beta confirmed for October

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is coming in November, and in what is now a well-established tradition a beta test will take place about a month before it comes out. Activision announced the beta dates today, and in what is rapidly becoming another Call of Duty tradition, PlayStation 4 players will get to go first.The PS4-exclusive period will begin on October 8 for anyone who’s preordered the game, and then roll into a PS4 open beta from October 10-12. The next weekend, beginning on October 15, the beta will open up to players who have preordered on…

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Former Skullgirls developers have launched a new studio called Future Club

In August, multiple employees of Skullgirls devloper Lab Zero Games resigned from the studio after an internal investigation revealed an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior from lead designer Mike Zaimont, who had assumed control of the company. Shortly after that, Zaimont laid off all remaining employees. Today, some of those former members of the studio announced that they have launched a new operation called Future Club, “a cooperatively structured independent game studio.””We wanted to start fresh with a company structure that was worker owned and gave everyone a say in the future of our organization,” CEO and producer Francesca Esquenazi…

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Future Bethesda games will be on Xbox Game Pass from day one

Bethesda’s future releases will be added to Xbox Game Pass at launch. In a blog post announcing Microsoft’s latest acquisition, Xbox head Phil Spencer also confirmed an impressive coup for Xbox’s subscription service.Spencer says that “with the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.” That’s been Microsoft’s approach for many of its first- and third-party titles for a while now, with the…

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IO Interactive’s classic Freedom Fighters might be returning

In 2003, between assassination plots, Hitman developer IO Interactive released Freedom Fighters, a squad-based shooter set in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union ended World War 2 by nuking Berlin and then proceeded to turn the world red. Though it was as well-received as Hitman, it never spawned a series and so far hasn’t received a digital re-release. That might be changing. A new rating appeared for Freedom Fighters on the PEGI website today. IO Interactive hasn’t mentioned the game in years, but ratings hounds clocked its arrival and shared it on Reddit and ResetEra. The rating is just for PC,…

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Dirt 5 – the cheapest way to get it on PC in Australia

The Dirt 5 release date is November 6, all the better to clash rather awkwardly with some of the year’s most anticipated games. Never mind though, because if you’re in the mood for an arcade-styled rally racer, it’s been a three year wait since the last mainline Dirt instalment. Gruelling.Dirt 5 isn’t getting a physical boxed copy in Australia, which isn’t super surprising nowadays. That leaves us at the mercy of digital retailers, and currently there’s a pretty obvious place you’ll want to buy it if getting the lowest price is your priority (for most of us, it is). There are…

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Cosy life sim RPG Lonesome Village hit its Kickstarter goal, will be out in 2021

Mexican indie studio Ogre Pixel put their “puzzle-filled life simulator” Lonesome Village on Kickstarter recently, hoping to hit a target of 420,000 pesos (which is just under $US20,000). They hit that target within 24 hours and have now almost doubled it, with 26 days still to go. In Lonesome Village you play a coyote who moves to the titular village, which you help rebuild while also heading outside the town to rescue kidnapped locals from a mysterious tower. You’ll have a house and garden to look after, fish to catch, animal people to befriend, and a Zelda-esque puzzle dungeon adventure on…

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Five new Steam games you probably missed (September 21, 2020)

On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we’ve gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the 2020 games that are launching this year. Medieval DynastySteam‌ ‌page‌ ‌ Release:‌ ‌September 17 ‌ Developer:‌ ‌Render Cube‌ ‌ Price:‌ ‌$29.99‌…